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Recruiting News Roundup #FridayReads

Happy Friday! Take a look at this week’s must read articles for recruiters:

Job Candidates Aren’t Free Labor (Read @ Slate)
Interviewers are increasingly making absurd demands on applicants’ time. Here’s what to do if you’re asked to work for free.

What is a ZipRecruiter TrafficBoost?
If you need to get candidates in the door as quickly as possible ZipRecruiter’s TrafficBoost can increase both the visibility and traffic to your job advertisement. TrafficBoost provides increased placement for your job on ZipRecruiter.com, partner sites, and in job alert emails. Your job gets an increased ranking score, which boosts its visibility in search results.

I was invited to a 300-person cattle-call interview, and now the company wants to know why I’m not interested (Read @ Ask a Manager)
I’m having an odd time with a company and was wondering what you thought of this process. I applied to a position on LinkedIn for a communications assistant on Friday. On Saturday at 6 am(!) I got an email asking me to schedule an interview for Monday. On Sunday I figured why not, and went ahead and scheduled myself a time for Monday on their website. The emails they sent asking me to schedule the interview and then confirming the interview were odd. They used cutesy language and, whether a joke or not, told candidates to bring donuts to the interview Monday.

Are job interviews such a necessary evil? (Read @ Medium)
Clammy hands, trumped up resumes, fake smiles… Job interviews aren’t just a bane for employers and candidates alike, they’re also riddled with errors. Perhaps it’s time we drew the curtain on this painful tradition.

7 LinkedIn Statistics That Will Make You Question Your Recruitment Strategy (Read @ Inc.)
Every so often, it’s important to take a step back and reevaluate your organization’s recruiting strategy. Even if it seems to be working well, there are new trends continually reshaping the talent landscape — and you don’t want to be left behind.

5 Tips for Targeting the Right Talent (Read @ Glassdoor)
If you have trouble finding the right talent, you’re not alone. According to Aptitude Research Partners, three in four hiring decision-makers say that finding quality candidates is their #1 recruiting challenge. Here are five ways you can attract more quality candidates to your open roles with Brand Advertising from Glassdoor.

Older Professionals Often Face Discrimination at Work — Here’s Why Your Company Should Change That (Read @ LinkedIn Talent Blog)
Six out of 10 older workers have experienced or witnessed age discrimination at work, says a 2018 report by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ageism can impact professionals long before they start to approach retirement. In a recent survey of startup founders, 26.7% said they believe that age discrimination in tech starts when workers are between 36 and 40.

WOTC Questions: Does hiring someone receiving SNAP qualify me for WOTC? (Read @ WOTC Blog)
CMS Says: If the employee meets the following criteria, yes, you may be eligible to obtain a Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring that individual.

The US is experiencing a widespread worker shortage. Here’s why (Read @ VOX)
It’s official: The US economy doesn’t have enough workers. For nearly a year now, the number of open jobs each month has been higher than the number of people looking for work — the first time that’s happened since the Department of Labor began tracking job turnover two decades ago.

What to Look For When You’re Hiring Students (Read @ Inc.)
While I’ve had plenty of practice interviewing experienced hires, I’m feeling stumped preparing to interview college students. We are coming up on campus recruiting season for interns and new hires, and I’m having trouble formulating my general interview script. Most of my go-to questions focus on past projects and experiences in different work environments. How do I translate this to students, especially the internship candidates who may not have any prior industry experience?




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